New Name, Same Generous Spirit

RHHC’s Chapters are now “Giving Circles”

Giving Circles LuncheonAt an event celebrating nearly three decades of service and support, Regional Hospice and Home Care (RHHC) recently unveiled the new name for their fundraising volunteers. These devoted volunteers are best known for the community breakfasts that they organize annually in Litchfield and Fairfield Counties in support of hospice care and bereavement services. Previously known as “Chapters,” they will now be affectionately referred to as “Giving Circles” – a more descriptive moniker representing the generosity and collaboration these groups embody.

As Paul Sirois, RHHC COO, explained, the new name came directly from volunteer and community input. It is poised to promote greater clarity, grow membership throughout the 8 towns currently supporting Regional Hospice and Home Care, and encourage expansion into the other communities touched by the hospice and palliative care services the organization provides. “You’re creating a legacy amongst yourselves,” Sirois declared, reminding attendees that they were the, “original fundraising volunteers.”

President and CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy explained some of the many ways that the funds raised have helped patients at the end of their lives including, enabling a teenager to see his idol (Marc Anthony) in concert, assisting a family with an ailing child to enjoy a summer vacation together, and helping a young man to fulfill a “bucket list” wish of skydiving. Roy emphatically praised the fundraising volunteers saying, “We can do these loving things because of the money you raise and what you do. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are amazing.”

Please watch for your local Giving Circles fundraising activities on our Events page. If you are interested in joining a Giving Circle, feel free to contact Terri Katz, Manager of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships at 203.702.7432 or